Filed Under: Homeopathy at 11:17 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar focuses on an introduction to homeopathy. It will discuss a brief history and philosophy to homeopathy and how classical homeopathy works. At then end of the presentation you will have a clear understanding of what homeopathy is and how homeopathy is different from other natural modalities.
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Whether you workout, play sports or sit at a desk all day, your bound to have some aches and pains. It’s your body’s way of adapting. Get relief and alleviate sore muscles with the remedies below. You’re body will thank you!
Tart Cherry Juice – As a recent Newsweek article said, “the day when doctors say – ‘take 10 cherries and call me in the morning’ – may not be far off.” This tart cherry juice recipe makes a great addition to your post-workout recovery drink and is packed with anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation.
Epsom Salt Bath – Soothe aches while softening skin at the same time. Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a popular remedy for flushing built-up lactic acid from muscles. Also, magnesium is a mineral known for increasing absorption of other vitamins in the body. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and feel the pain melt away.
Arnica – Treat muscle pain with the help of Mother Nature! Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in mountainous areas in the northern United States, Canada and the European Alps and is used in homeopathic circles for the treatment of muscle aches and stiffness, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruising.
Nutmeg Oil – Besides its culinary uses, Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine used to treat muscle soreness and inflammation by reducing the swelling of joints. It’s more than just a holiday spice; nutmeg has been used since prehistoric times to treat fevers, headaches and even the plague!
Spring has officially arrived, and so has the dreaded allergy season! Few problems affect more people in the United States than allergies. In 2012, 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children reported having hay fever symptoms in the past 12 months.1-2 Yet, the drawbacks of usual approaches to allergy symptoms tend to leave these sufferers dissatisfied. Antihistamines can make people drowsy. Decongestants can have rebound effects. Corticosteroids may affect growth in children and should not be used long-term. Allergy shots require years of expensive doctor visits and often don’t work well despite the investment of time and money. Many American allergy sufferers think there are only two choices when they are hit with nasal congestion, watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing—take an over-the-counter or prescription medication that bears warnings about side effects, or simply suffer.
Fortunately, homeopathic medicines, such as Sabadil® and Sinusalia®, offer a reliable, low-cost third choice when properly matched with an individual’s symptoms.
Sabadil Tablets and Children’s Sabadil® Pellets work naturally with your body to temporarily relieve hay fever and other upper respiratory allergy symptoms including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 2 and up.
Sinusalia Tablets and Pellets temporarily relieve nasal congestion, sinus pain and headache due to the common cold or allergies. These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 6 and up.
Both medicines are ideal choices for appropriately-aged children, seniors taking other medications, and busy adults who need to remain alert. They do not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. They’re also non-habit forming, and there’s no risk of overdose. Sabadil and Sinusalia work best when taken at the first sign of allergies to help nip those symptoms in the bud.
1Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 3 & 4.
Usually around this time of year the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve you of and prevent your allergy symptoms. But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away. Below is a look into some of our top selling products.
Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr: One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways. This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.
Boiron Sabadil combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula. This formula is meant to help relieve runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic medicines are non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.
Vital Nutrients Aller-C – This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms. Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.
Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health. This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies. One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies. Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over reacting to the allergens.
Looking for Arnica pellets that are lactose-free & vegan? Now, it’s possible thanks to OLLOÏS®.
Since 2012, OLLOÏS® has created a line of 45 homeopathic remedies, including the latest innovation in homeopathic medicines — lactose-free homeopathic sublingual pellets. This revolutionary advancement of a 200-year old medical practice meets the increasing demand for natural and lactose-free products for those with dietary restrictions or who choose to refrain from consuming animal products.
Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.
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As winter weather and the holiday season approaches, we spend more time indoors with family and friends, trading hugs and handshakes and sharing meals. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of catching a cold or flu. Simple proactive steps such as frequent hand washing and getting adequate rest can make a difference. However, if cold and flu-like symptoms can’t be avoided, try nipping them in the bud with a homeopathic medicine.
For cold symptoms: Coldcalm® addresses symptoms at every stage of a cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. These quick-dissolving tablets are recommended for everyone ages three and up.
For coughs:Chestal® Cough Honey works naturally with the body to relieve all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, this dye-free syrup does not contain artificial flavors or colors.
For flu-like symptoms: At the first sign of fatigue, fever, chills and body aches, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum® for more than 65 years to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, Oscillo’s sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue, meaning no water, chewing or swallowing is required.
These three medicines are must-haves for your family’s medicine cabinet this winter. They do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness, and they do not interact with other medications. They work best when taken at the first sign of illness, so you can take them as soon as you develop symptoms. There’s no need to wait until you’re “sick enough,” so you won’t miss out on your office’s holiday party or a trip to cut down the family tree with your children.
As the fall running season jogs towards us, more than 36 million runners in the U.S. are trading the heat and humidity for cooler, dryer temperatures, enjoying the beautiful foliage, and signing up for a few holiday-themed races. But before you hit the pavement, here are four tips to help keep you pain-free all season long:
When selecting a running shoe, look for a style that fits comfortably and accommodates your foot anatomy. Once your mileage exceeds 500-600 miles, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
Wear proper running clothes. Loose clothing is more likely to rub against your skin, so choose a fabric that is sweat-wicking. Stay away from cotton—once it’s wet, it stays wet, and it can rub your skin raw.
If you do suffer a minor injury, relieve your leg, foot or knee pain naturally with Boiron Arnicare. Arnicare topicals, pellets and tablets temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-greasy, unscented gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Tablets and Arnica pellets are both easy-to-take oral medicines. They provide widespread pain relief for the whole body and may be combined with Arnicare Gel.
A gradual return to running post-injury (i.e., a 10 percent increase in mileage per week) is advised, once your flexibility and strength have returned.
Sometimes summer fun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The hot and humid temps and afternoon downpours bring nasty insect bites, painful bumps and bruises as kids of all ages play outdoors, and troublesome indigestion from seaside picnics and spicy backyard barbecues. Make the most of the season by keeping some popular single homeopathic medicines in your medicine cabinet to help relieve conditions associated with these common summer activities.
Start with Apis mellifica and Ledum palustre. Apis relieves itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and swollen, itchy, burning skin or lips caused by insect bites or allergies and relieved by cold compresses. Use Ledum for non-bleeding wounds as small as an insect bite. It also relieves swollen and itchy mosquito bites, especially when taken at dawn and dusk. These singles can be paired up with Boiron’s topical Calendula Gel for cool, soothing relief.
You’ll also want to relieve your aches and pains more naturally. Arnica montana is best known for its ability to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. Arnica has been used for centuries for its pain-relieving properties. Nux vomica is also another summer must-have. Nux is useful for gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after eating a lot of spicy food or drinking too much coffee or alcohol.
To explore more homeopathic medicines for these conditions and many others, use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf.
Summer is the best time for swimming and playing in the water. A refreshing swimming pool or a swim in the ocean, river or lake may be one of the best moments of every summer season but it can also lead to not-so-enjoyable moments.
Otitis externa, popular known as swimmer’s ear, is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called earache. These earaches are the result of an inflammation of the skin of the ear canal, which sometimes can be secondary to dermatitis (eczema) only, with no microbial infection, or it can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection. In either case, but more often with infection, the ear canal skin swells and may become painful or tender to touch.
Preventing and treating swimmer’s ear is easy and can be done in many different ways. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal. For example, use of cotton buds or swabs is the most common event leading to acute otitis externa. Most normal ear canals have a self-cleaning and self-drying mechanism, the latter by simple evaporation.
Ear drops may be used and you may want to try homeopathic ear drops, which are often used for earaches. Ear relief ear drops help clear water trapped in the ear and the homeopathic ingredients help stimulate the body’s natural ability to soothe the ear, decrease the ear’s sensitivity to external factors such as water, cold, and drafts, reduce the clogged sensation in the ear, and return the ear to a water-free and comfortable condition.
Earplugs are also helpful but make sure to get good quality products. Hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can scratch the ear canal skin. It’s highly recommended that you use disposable ear plugs to avoid contaminating the ear canal.
Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and trips to the beach and our favorite campsites. But before you start the grill or pitch a tent, you should make sure your natural first aid kit is well-stocked with homeopathic medicines.
Boiron Calendula topicals relieve all types of skin irritations. Calendula Lotion is ideal for soothing sunburn; the ointment helps to heal minor burns and blisters; the cream is ideal for dry or chafed skin; and the gel works well on insect bites and razor burn. Overeating is always an issue at most summer picnics, so keep Nux vomica on hand. This popular single medicine relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. And when one too many beach volleyball or badminton games causes sore muscles, Arnicare Gel or Cream and Arnica oral pellets are must-haves. The unscented, paraben-free topicals and the quick-dissolving pellets can be used together to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and bruising for the whole body.
No matter what you do this summer, Boiron medicines will help nip your symptoms in the bud. Suffering from a different issue? Use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf to find the best medicine for your symptoms.
Pain relief products are available in many different forms but if you are looking for a natural and efficient way to minimize your pain, arnica products may be your best choice.
Arnica is an excellent product for healing and recovery of muscles as well as treating bruises, sprains and other minor injuries. Arnica can also be used in the treatment of muscular strains, wounds and swelling. Originally from Europe, arnica montana is a flowering plant that has been used medicinally in liniment and ointment preparations for over 200 years.
Found in several homeopathic products, topical arnica preparations have shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and assist normal healing processes by facilitating transport of blood and fluid accumulations through a dilating action of subcutaneous blood capillaries. It is considered by many specialists to be the best product for treatment in early stages of an injury when there is swelling. Arnica can be used immediately post workout when injury may occur due to poor stretching or muscle fatigue.
A recent study showed that arnica gel applied twice daily may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Additionally, another double-blind study reported that a combination of topical arnica ointment and oral homeopathic arnica tablets reduced pain in people recovering from hand surgery. Arnica montana contains arnica solution watered down hundreds of times to form a homeopathic ultra-dilution. Thousands of practitioners and patients swear by arnica’s remarkable curative powers, particularly in the treatment of swelling and bruising. Arnica homeopathic remedies are available in different potencies or dilutions.
With winter rapidly approaching, temperatures will quickly drop. Whether it’s heading out with friends to the slopes or making snowmen with kids, there’s lots of fun to be had in the snow. However, this fun can lead to a snowballing of slips and spills, increasing the chances of injuries.
Homeopathic remedies are very useful in first aid circumstances. Remedies are prescribed on the principle that ‘like cures like’ in a tiny dilution. The following indications are what a healthy person would feel if taking the actual substances.
Arnica montana produces conditions upon the system quite similar to those resulting from injuries, falls, blows or contusions. Symptoms include a sore, lame or bruised feeling. Arnica may also be used for any injury resulting from overuse and commonly worsens from the slightest touch or motion.
But let’s say you’re on the slopes with your friends or are walking out your door and slip on some ice. You fall and land on your tailbone (we’ve all done it before). Then you may want to consider the homeopathic remedy hypericum perfolatium. Hypericum perfolatium produces conditions upon the system similar to those from crush injuries.
If either or those remedies don’t work you can always consider combination remedies like traumeel. Traumeel can easily be rubbed directly onto the injured area for pain relief.
Other treatments to consider include rest and ice. Remember in the first 72 hours ice is your friend and heat is your enemy. When applying the ice you should follow the acronym CBAN (cold, burn, ache, then numb), and avoid applying ice directly to the skin. Instead use a thin fabric to create a barrier. Once you feel the numbing sensation, remove the ice pack. If you think your injury is serious remember check with your doctor.
This winter season don’t let falls, bumps and bruises keep you down. Check out LuckyVitamin.com for all your natural remedies.
Did you know that approximately 80% of pregnant women experience nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy? The term most people use to associate with the nausea of pregnancy is “morning sickness.” However these symptoms can strike at any time and, for most women, last all day long. Doctors and scientists are not sure what causes nausea during pregnancy. Anti-emetic drugs can be used to help with nausea but are often times limited due to risk of birth defects. So today we are going to look at some alternatives to help treat the nausea associated with pregnancy.
Common dietary recommendations include eating small, frequent meals and avoiding spicy, fatty foods. It is also recommended to avoid foods and smells that cause nausea. One study found that high protein meals were more effective at preventing nausea then high carbohydrates or high fat meals. Let’s look at some other alternatives besides dietary changes to help combat the nausea.
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) has anti-nausea and antiemetic effects and has been used successfully help combat nausea associated with chemotherapy and other drugs, motion sickness and postoperative nausea. There have been at least 4 randomized controlled trials that have found Ginger powder or extract to be an effective treatment for the nausea of vomiting associated with pregnancy.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) has also been found to be as effective as ginger in the treatment of nausea. In uncontrolled trials, 75% to nearly 100% of women experienced marked improvement or complete relief of symptoms after taking Vitamin B6. Another useful modality for nausea is homoepathy. A common homeopathic remedy for morning sickness is Sepia Oficinalis. The characteristic symptoms of Sepia are nausea first thing in morning or from the smell of food/odors, a sick feeling in the stomach and nausea that is soothed from eating.
Some experts are unsure whether pharmaceutical drugs are safe during pregnancy. So try some of these safe and effective alternatives to helping combat your nausea associated with pregnancy.
Honey has been regarded as a valuable part of wound treatment for many centuries. It was first documented as a wound treatment by the Egyptians in 2000BC (Gelbart 1999). A document in 1932 detailed its use in wound care management during the Middle Ages. Presently, honey is a topic of clinical and scientific research in wound care. In recent studies, honey has been used to treat Fournier’s Gangrene, skin burns and chronically infected meningococcal skin lesions.
In an article by Efem (1988), it is suggested that the hygroscopic properties and low pH of honey are antibacterial. He also suggests that the barrier honey forms on a wound surface prevents bacteria from penetrating and thus colonizing. Honey has been found to have significant antibacterial activity against the major wound-infecting species Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a laboratory study performed by Cooper 1998 and Molan 1999.
The antibacterial effect of honey results from the presence of hydrogen peroxide – an oxidizing agent released by the action of the enzyme peroxidase, added by bees to the nectar they collect. While this compound has been found harmful to wounds when added as a rinse, honey continuously provides a consistent antibacterial, non-toxic level that is approximately 1,000 times lower than in rinse solutions.
Honey may have deodorizing effects on wounds as well. This is due to the anti-bacterial properties of honey, which kill the organisms that cause foul smells. This deodorizing effect has been found useful for wounds like abscess, diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers.
Most honey available on the market is not intended for application to wounds. Honey that is for consumption is not sterilized and cannot be recommended for use on wounds. Commercial honey intended for use on wounds is sterilized by gamma irradiation.
Application of honey is different for all healing agents and you must follow the instructions of that agent. The antibacterial activity of honey varies on plant source. Honeys from the Leptospermum species, for example, Manuka honey, have an exceptionally high level of plant derived antibacterial component. A variety of Manuka Honey may be found at LuckyVitamin.com, but remember to be careful and read the labels or contact the company to find out how their products are made.
A good and restful night of sleep can be the differential for a better life. Studies have shown that better nights of sleep may provide you more energy and less respiratory issues. But what can you do when you hear that you’re snoring like a bear?
Snoring is generally caused by partial blockage of air movement during breathing while sleeping. The respiratory system produces noises as parts of the system may be vibrating due to irregular airflow.
Snoring can be easily reduced or even fully stopped by following a couple of simple, easy steps. First, try to change your sleeping position. For example, sleeping on your back is an indication you’re most likely to snore. In fact, sleeping on the side may be the easiest way to stop snoring. You will not block your throat with your tongue if you are able to sleep on the side of your body for the entire night. Second, adding a pilot to your back can also help minimizing snoring. You may use a large, medium pillow on your back, preventing you from rolling over. This good old trick can get you surprisingly good results. Other factors are also known for causing snoring. For example, smoking and heavy drinking can increase snore frequency. Smoking normally clogs the throat, significantly reducing the air intake. Smokers should avoid smoke at night to prevent air blockage before going to bed.
Snoring aid products may help you fighting this unhealthy and annoying habit. Nose clips are simple devices to increase air intake as you sleep. A few homeopathic products may also help and are safe to be taken on a regular basis. Click here to check our selection of snore aid products.